Inspire comes from the Latin word meaning to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow.
What / who isnpires you, what does inspiration mean? Be the inspiration you want to see in the world is perahps a good mantra for the edge of the new era that we find ourselves on the precipice of.
Original thoughts, ideas, seem like a rare breed in the aesthetically oversaturated times we find oursevles living through. They are more pertinent than ever.
Inspiration can come from our connection with divine or with nature. One of my biggest sources of inspiration is the ocean, it gives me a sense of limitlessnes, beguiling beauty and oneness. It can also come in the form of a muse which we have seen through the ages and indeed is the case for many designers and creators.
Each of us has something different to express, a different perspective to offer, a unique vision to share. If it remains unexpressed then it will go with you to the grave. So if there’s something you are aching to do, to share or to express, be bold, just do it, get it out there!
Stay in the process without getting too attached to the result. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from John Lennon.
“When you do something noble and beautiful and no one notices, don't be sad. Sunrise is a beautiful spectacle but without a doubt the greater part of the audience is still asleep.”
Image by the amazing photographer Hugh Arnold